As I give this instalment its final stir with the Runcible Spoon, it's not long to the World SF Convention in Toronto. I hope to see some of you
Edward Bryant had a quadruple heart bypass on 11 August. He was off
the ventilator and talking by the next day, and was expected to be out of
intensive care very shortly after. 'If you wish to send cards, please send them
to his home address: 2103 W. 28th Ave, Denver, CO 80211, USA.'
World Fantasy Award finalists for 2002 work have been announced:
Jeffrey Ford, The Portrait of Mrs Charbuque
Gregory Frost, Fitcher's Brides
Graham Joyce, The Facts of Life
Patricia A.McKillip, Ombria in Shadow
China Miéville, The Scar
Charles de Lint, Seven Wild Sisters
Paul Di Filippo, A Year in the Linear City
Neil Gaiman, Coraline
Elizabeth Hand, 'The Least Trumps'
Zoran Zivkovic, 'The Library'
For further categories, see the complete ballot at
Brian Aldiss provides a book report: 'The Astronomer Royal, Martin
Rees, reveals that he reads SF with respect. See his new book, Our Final
Century. It's something like a work of SF itself. Quoted are greats like
Greg Benford, David Brin, Phil Dick oh, and H.G. Wells. Book is a cheery beach read as long as you can find a stony enough beach.'
R.I.P. William Woolfolk (1917-2003), US novelist and TV
writer who as Bill Woolfolk scripted many 1940s comics (including Superman and
Batman for DC) and created the character Plastic Man, died on 20 July; he was
86. He liked to boast of having coined Captain Marvel's famous ejaculation,
Remembering Robert L. Forward (who died last September): the Benford
twins, Gregory and James, have published
an obituary for him
in Physics Today, August 2003.
Thog's Masterclass. Eyeballs in the Sky Dept. 'Anita's
brown, penetrating eyes never left David's face, except to pour cups of tea.'
Aerostatics Dept. 'The vultures, aware of this supernatural
transformation, halted in their flight.' (both Frank Corsaro, Kunma,
David Langford is an author and a gentleman.
His newsletter, Ansible,
is the essential SF-insider sourcebook of wit and incongruity. His most recent books are Different Kinds of Darkness, a new short-story collection of horror, SF, and fantasy, Up Through an Empty House of Stars: Reviews and Essays 1980-2002, 100 pieces of Langfordian genre commentary, and He Do the Time Police in Different Voices, a short-story collection that brings together, all of Dave's SF parodies and pastiches. (This is a scary thought. Are you ready to laugh that hard?)
Dave lives in Reading, England with his wife Hazel, 25,000 books, and a few dozen Hugo awards. He continues to add books and Hugos.